SCO Delivers Second Jolt to Linux Users

by CXOtoday Staff    Dec 22, 2003

The SCO Group is stepping up its aggressive campaign of collecting license fees from companies using Linux, with a second warning letter issued on Friday.

SCO is facing stiff opposition from both IBM and the Linux community alike, who believe that the company’s claim over Linux is ’exaggerated’.

The threat is the second warning issued by the company, following one in May, in which it sent letters to 1,500 companies, accusing them of violating intellectual property rights.

SCO, the owner of Unix, alleges that Linux is a variant of Unix, which when distributed and used freely, violates its copyright.

The new letter, names more than 65 programming files that have been copied ’verbatim’ from SCO’s copyrighted Unix code base by Linux.

SCO believes that the violations are serious, and maintains its stand that it will take appropriate action to protect its rights.

The Utah based company is also sending letters to several of its 6,000 Unix licensees, requiring them to certify in writing that they are complying with SCO licenses.

SCO launched its ’Linux attack’ last March, when it sued IBM, the leading corporate champion of Linux.

The company, seeking $1 billion in damages, has accused IBM of illegally contributing Unix code to Linux, a charge which IBM has denied.